Detox & Withdrawal

The journey starts here. 24/7 medical care.
Accredited private hospital. Claimable on private health insurance.

The Sam Lawrence Private Hospital is our residential detox facility in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria.

The hospital is staffed by a 24/7 nursing team with mental health and withdrawal expertise and all detox treatment is under the guidance of a doctor. Detox is claimable on private health insurance.

Detox can be a difficult phase of recovery, we ensure clients are as comfortable as possible and provide the highest level of medical care during the detox and early-recovery phase.

We provide:

  • 24/7 nursing support and medical monitoring
  • Private rooms with a double bed and ensuite
  • Individualised care
  • Evidence based, robust program
  • A therapeutic, supportive and drug-free environment
  • Detox program up to 30 days
  • After Care included when you complete your treatment
  • Detox that leads straight into longer term therapeutic community


Find out more about Arrow Health.

Our free information sessions take place regularly.
Read more about the info sessions or register your interest here and we will let you know when the next sessions are being held.

“Is it like being in hospital?”

– No. There are no vinyl floors, no gowns or uniforms, it’s quiet and everyone has their own room with a double bed and ensuite.

Does private health insurance cover any of the costs?

Yes. Arrow Health is a private health fund endorsed facility. Our programs run within our very own accredited Private Hospital. The private health fund excess and gap payment will vary depending on your level of cover.

Program Features

  • Developed and overseen by doctors
  • Based on current research and extensive experience
  • Individualised detox process worked out in collaboration between the patient and a doctor
  • Case Management with an individual case manager
  • Individual treatment plan focussing on physical, psychological and emotional recovery
  • Qualified, professional and experienced staff
  • Introduction to peer support programs
  • Access to family support program/s
  • Wide range of therapeutic activities. e.g. art, yoga, hiking, music and off site swimming
  • Individualised Recovery Plan: when you leave, you will receive a Continuing Care Plan to guide you in your recovery

Really not sure what to do or what the best way forward is?

Give us a call now – we are here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need a detox or just rehab?
Different drugs require different approaches. What we suggest is that you come in, meet with us, have a chat, do an assessment and we will provide advice on the best way forward for you.
Will I be alone? What happens if I have a panic attack at night? Will I be in pain?
You won’t be alone. We are there to support you through this. Our 24/7 nursing team, experienced in mental health will be checking in with you, monitoring you, conducting medical observations and most of all making sure you are comfortable and settled.
Are there doctors onsite?
All treatment is delivered under the medical guidance of our consulting doctors. A doctor visits once per week and if medical attention is required outside of these times, we work in partnership with the doctors at Kyneton hospital which is only 10 minutes away.
Will I be in pain?
Your symptoms will depend on your own unique situation including what you’ve been using, for how long, how much and your personal biology. The nurses will support and monitor you to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
Is the food like hospital food?
No! We have an onsite chef who prepares fresh meals daily and caters to any dietary requirements.
What should I expect when I first arrive?
You will be welcomed by a nurse who will do a medical check-up. Next, you will see a doctor who will discuss the detox process with you and come up with a detox plan that will be tailored to your personal, unique needs. This will be done in collaboration with you to make sure the process will work for you, where you’re at and what you need.
What happens in the first few days, week and beyond?
It sounds counter-intuitive but the first few days are all about settling in, taking a break and getting comfortable with your surroundings. It is hard work battling through addiction. Sometimes the best place to start is to just have a rest. Detox is a step by step process and a doctor will sign off on each stage of the program.
What should I expect physically and emotionally?
Symptoms experienced during withdrawal can be mild or severe, depending on how long you’ve been using for, what drug(s), your age and health, psychological characteristics and more.

The symptoms you experience during detox can range from mild to severe. Withdrawal often feels like the opposite of the drug you have been using. For example, when you are withdrawing from a depressant (like alcohol or Valium) you may feel restless and agitated or have tremors. The symptoms vary between different people and different drugs. Search here to learn about withdrawal symptoms for specific drugs.

Some people experience Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS) which is why we often recommend detox followed by rehab. PAWS refers to ongoing withdrawal symptoms that are largely psychological and mood-related and can continue after acute withdrawal symptoms have gone away.

Symptoms of PAWS are unique to each drug. Common symptoms include:

  • Hostility or aggression
  • Anxiety, panic, or fear
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Inability to sleep
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Anhedonia, or the inability to feel pleasure
  • Trouble with memory
  • Sensitivity to stressful situations

Go to the Australian Drug Foundation article on withdrawal for more information.

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